Autumn, or as I prefer to call it “an Indian Summer”, is the most spectacular time for taking a walk to savour the fabulous colours, the inevitable smell of wood smoke and the crackle of fallen leaves under foot. We are taking bookings at Coachmans Cottage for September and October, check availability for Wiltshire Autumn Walks
Wiltshire has around 8,200 paths and almost half the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the walks offer peaceful, glorious countryside and will show you rural England at its very best. There is something for everyone, from the long distance treks to afternoon strolls.
Here are a few of my favourites that are within easy striking distance of Steeple Ashton.
4 km/ 2.5 miles 1 hour Easy.
This beautiful National Trust village is one of Wiltshire’s real gems. With houses dating from the 13th century, a majestic abbey and winding streets to explore, you will certainly want to set aside some extra time to explore. The abbey became the home of William Fox Talbot, pioneer of photography, and a museum commemorating his work is situated outside the abbey gates. Download this walk
More Wiltshire Autumn Walks
Bratton and Westbury White Horse
6 km/ 3.75 miles 1 – 2 hours Moderate
An enjoyable and undulating walk presenting fabulous views from the northern aspect of the Imber Range Perimeter Path. Beginning in the village of Bratton, the route takes in Westbury White Horse. From the superb vantage point at the Horse, on a clear day Cherhill and Alton Barnes Horses can be seen in the distance. For history lovers, the walk passes through ‘Bratton Camp’, an Iron Age hill for Download this walk
10 km/ 6.25 miles 2 hrs 30 mins Moderate
Shearwater Lake, a haven for fishing and sailing, lies in the Longleat Estate – at the centre of which is Longleat House, a splendid stately home, open to the public along with its garden and safari park.
The first part of this walk takes you around the edge of the lake and through established open woodland.
The second part is across open fields and through green lanes offering a wealth of wild flowers, butterflies and birds. The walk finishes by re-entering the estate, passing through a plantation in which there are magnificent beech trees among the conifers. Download this walk
8 km/ 5 miles 2 hours Moderate
A varied walk that combines a wide range of countryside habitats with fabulous views. There are interesting churches to visit en-route and several nearby pubs for sustenance after the walk!
The route takes you up Edington Hill and onto the Imber Range Perimeter Path (IRPP). Edington has its place in history as the site where King Alfred, in 878, gained a decisive victory over Danish invaders – ensuring the continuing existence of Wessex as an independent kingdom. Download this walk
I have also included the 2 walks around the City of Bath…….
Not Wiltshire Autumn Walks…
but only about 12miles from Coachmans Cottage
Bath “Walk to the view”
3 miles 1.5 hours Easy
Enjoy views that reveal the city’s unique setting Escape the city centre and enjoy the countryside air Experience Bath’s Georgian past on this walk
Bath Skyline Walk
9.2km / 6 miles 3.5 – 4 hours Moderate
Savour the magnificent views down into the picturesque World Heritage City of Bath on our most popular walking trail.